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Investing in China’s TMT sector: What you need to know

China is a market that represents a paradox for many telecoms, media and technology (“TMT“) companies. On the one hand it offers the promise of almost unlimited growth potential if you get the product right, but on the other it presents huge challenges from the regulatory and compliance perspective in terms of establishing a foothold

How blockchain might change the whole fashion industry – and safeguard the authenticity of your goods

So far you have probably only heard of blockchain in connection with financial transactions and Bitcoins. Well, that should change soon. Blockchain is the catch-all term for technology that permanently records transactions in a digital, tamper-proof database. Information is distributed across a network of computers rather than being controlled by a single entity, is updated

EUIPO to use blockchain in fight against counterfeiting

What has happened? The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has launched a new forum based on blockchain to combat counterfeiting. What does this mean? The Anti-Counterfeiting Blockathon Forum will be built on blockchain technology and will bring together people and organisations to shape and deliver the future anti-counterfeiting infrastructure. It follows last year’s Blockathon

UK implements the Trade Mark Directive

The Trade Mark Directive (EU 2015/2436) came into force in the UK on 14 January 2019, in the form of the Trade Mark Regulations 2018, bringing about a number of key changes to UK trade mark law. The UKIPO has also published guidance on the practical effect of the Regulation (available here). Below we set

Fashion law insights with chair and vice-chair of Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry IP Committee

The Intellectual Property Committee of the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry was elected at a meeting on 22 November 2018, dedicated to the legal protection of intellectual property assets in the fashion industry. Partner Natalia Gulyaeva, who heads the firm’s IP, Media and Technology Group for Russia / Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), has been

Automotive IP roundup 2018

In our Global IP Outlook for 2018 we flagged the following key automotive industry issues to consider for developments over the year. This post collates our related LimeGreen IP insights… and then some. Keep an eye out for our Global IP Outlook 2019 in the new year! Connected Cars present a tremendous opportunity for automotive companies and consumers.

U.S. – Over a million sites ICEd this year

In its traditional Cyber Monday announcement, the U.S. government’s National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), a body managed by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit, revealed that over a million websites had been seized this year as part of Operation In Our Sites. Each year, the NIPRCC

A sneak peek at China’s long-awaited new draft Patent Law

On 5 December 2018, the latest draft of the Chinese Patent Law was presented to China’s State Council (i.e. the executive body of China’s central government) during a meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang (see here for a summary, in Chinese). New developments about the draft have certainly been long-awaited, with the latest and highly

EU Copyright – Infringing the distribution right: AG includes warehousing of counterfeits

A Swedish preliminary ruling procedure is currently pending before the European Court of Justice (CJEU) and represents the latest in a run of rulings on the scope of the distribution right under Article 4 of the InfoSoc Directive. It focuses on the question of whether distribution can also be assumed if the infringing goods are

Domain names: .DK – A safe zone

The Registry Dansk Internet Forum (DIFO), responsible for the management of the Top Level Domain (TLD) .DK, recently announced that it had reduced by 3,000 the number of Internet websites selling counterfeit goods or involved in some form of scam. This was largely due to DIFO introducing a more efficient identity check of the person

Asia IP webinar series: The recordings so far…

We are running a series of webinars to help you stay up to date with Intellectual Property news and developments in the Asia Pacific region.  So far we have held webinars on the areas listed below. If you were unable to attend live, the recorded version of these webinars can be accessed at the sign-up links: Parallel imports: Good,

Moscow: Asia IP seminar review

At the end of June, Hogan Lovells inaugurated its new office premises in Moscow with Partner Natalia Gulyaeva hosting the first seminar of our Russia-Asia IP series with Vietnam IP Counsel Nga Nguyen and Hogan Lovells Fidelity China Senior Associate Julia Peng. More than 20 business leaders from the professional services, automotive, consumer products and technology

Covering up doesn’t get you off the hook – criminal liability for the import of counterfeit branded clothing

German Federal Court of Justice, ref. no. 5 StR 554/17 Counterfeiters typically make tremendous efforts to cover up their identity and the details of their actions. By doing so, they aim to both prevent trademark owners from bringing civil law claims as well as to avoid criminal prosecution through law enforcement authorities. The German Federal Court

Domain Names: The dangers of “snapping”

DNS Belgium, the Registry operating the .BE country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), recently published an article warning domain name owners of the risks inherent in the practice of “snapping”.  Although anyone can legitimately snap up an expired domain name, problems can arise when cybercriminals grab expired domain names and then use them in damaging

Two wins by the LEGO Group in China against Chinese copycats

The LEGO Group rarely puts itself under the spotlight by talking about litigation but it made an exception by commenting on its recent victories against two Chinese infringers. The IP lawyers behind said victories are from our Shanghai office and its associated office, Hogan Lovells Fidelity, in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. Two Chinese toy makers (the “defendants”) were jointly

.NL leads the way in the fight against malicious online activity

Malicious activities are an ongoing problem across the Internet and growth is increasing as a result of ever more sophisticated phishing attacks.  One ccTLD Registry that has demonstrated it is taking these issues very seriously is SIDN, the Registry for the .NL extension (Netherlands). The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) regularly publishes a Phishing Activity Trends

Sites get ICEd in transatlantic assault on cyber crooks

As part of a sustained and coordinated effort, law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Atlantic have rounded off their on-going fight against cybercrime known as “Operation In Our Sites” with the traditional annual flourish on “Cyber Monday”.  In the U.S., and increasingly elsewhere, the Monday following “Black Friday” (the first Friday after Thanksgiving),

Blockchain links into the pharma supply chain

In November’s issue of Pharma Times Magazine, Mark Marfé explores the current applications of Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT), such as blockchain, and how DLT can be used and developed to benefit companies in the pharma industry. This article looks at DLT’s role in overcoming particular challenges facing the pharma supply chain, including anti-counterfeiting, product recall, information sharing, access to financing as well as the development of smart contracts. Read

UK: Combatting IP Crime – Annual Brands Seminar

IP crime is estimated to be worth USD 461 billion annually worldwide (OECD/EUIPO): for some businesses this means substantial loss of revenue. What practical steps can you take to tackle IP crime? How can you tackle IP crime as part of a coherent IP strategy? What impact will regulatory changes (including Brexit) have on IP

A model Customs case in China: creating the right conditions for effective IP enforcement by Chinese authorities.

In May 2016, the General Administration of Customs (“GAC”) and the Public Security Bureau (“PSB”) jointly uncovered large amounts of counterfeit automobile engine lubricants. The lubricants were first sold on e-commerce platforms and then imported into China from Southeast Asia. A successful wide-scale investigation ensued, involving seamless co-operation between Customs, the PSB and the UK

Asia IP webinar series: The recordings so far…

We are running a series of webinars in 2017 to help you stay up to date with Intellectual Property news and developments in the Asia Pacific region.  So far we have held webinars on protecting your identity in the cyberworld, trademark protection & transactions in Asia and anti-counterfeiting/anti-piracy in Asia. If you were unable to attend, the recorded version

.CH leads the way in the battle against fraud

SWITCH, the Registry responsible for the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) .CH, recently published an article on the subject of counterfeit goods and fraudulent websites hosted under the .CH ccTLD and the measures they are implementing to try to put a halt to such practices. When it comes to online shopping, if the price